Hallmark Channel’s Countdown to Christmas is celebrating its 10th anniversary this holiday season, and is going all out!
In addition to releasing a record-breaking 40 new Christmas films this year, on Tuesday, October 8, Crown Media Family Networks announced something brand new: Hallmark Channel’s Hometown Christmas.
According to the announcement, the new event is meant to “honor towns where the Christmas spirit knows no bounds,” much like the setting of many of Hallmark Channel’s beloved holiday films. The event includes Hallmark Channel’s first-ever “Christmas Con,” a three-day Christmas extravaganza to be held at the Expo Center in Edison, New Jersey on Nov. 8-10.
The event will also have many appearances by several popular Hallmark Channel stars including Lacey Chabert who is starring in her eighth Hallmark Christmas movie, Christmas in Rome this season. Other stars attending inlcude Chad Michael Murray, Jonathan Bennett, Cameron Mathison, Nikki DeLoach, Alicia Witt, Jackée Harry, Erin Krakow, Paul Greene, Jack Wagner, Ryan Paevey, Andrew Walker, Rachel Boston, Holly Robinson Peete, and Melissa Claire Egan.
The Hometown Christmas event will also include an event called “Christmas Comes Early to David City, Nebraska,” a town square event and tree-lighting on Oct. 30 to honor the birthplace of Joyce C. Hall, founder of Hallmark Cards.
Crown Media also announced that a team will be visiting Beauregard, Alabama which was devastated by EF3 tornadoes back in March, and will be building 15 new homes for those displaced by the storms and will be filming a special called Project Christmas Joy, premiering Dec. 10.
“From North Pole, Alaska to Santa Claus, Indiana, and everywhere in between, America’s small towns and cities at Christmastime remind us of what it’s truly like to live in a holiday-haven worthy of a Hallmark movie,” said Bill Abbott, President & CEO, Crown Media Family Networks.
“Our goal is to highlight cities and towns that reflect the true meaning of the holiday spirit and show the goodness in our country and our communities that is sometimes overlooked,” he added.
Check out a full breakdown of all of Hallmark’s 40 new Christmas films including stars, plot descriptions and when they will air here!
Hallmark’s Christmas season begins with A Merry Christmas Match which airs Friday, October 25 on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries’ “Miracles of Christmas.” Countdown to Christmas officially begins on Saturday, October 26 with Christmas Wishes & Mistletoe Kisses which airs at 8 p.m.